Philippines to receive new Cessna C-208 ISR aircraft

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

The Philippines will receive at least one new Cessna C-208 aircraft equipped for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

On 24 January the US Department of Defense (DoD) awarded US-based MAG Aerospace a USD19.8 million contract under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme to integrate ISR equipment on a C-208 aircraft for the Philippines. The contract includes an option for an additional, fully integrated C-208 ISR aircraft.

The DoD said that the total cumulative contract value is USD23.9 million. Work is expected to be completed by September 2024.


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US Navy fast-tracks contract for MQ-9 SkyTower II airborne network extension

by Richard Scott

An artist's rendering showing an MQ-9A Block 5-25 in VMU-1 colours. The SkyTower ANE pod is carried beneath the MQ-9A's left wing stores station. (NAVAIR)

The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has fast-tracked an order to provide US Marine Corps (USMC) MQ-9A Reaper unmanned air systems (UASs) with an improved airborne network extension (ANE) capability.


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Malian Su-25 crashes

by Jeremy Binnie

The Su-25 that was inaugurated on 9 August crashed less than two months later. (Présidence de la République du Mali)

Mali's recently delivered Su-25 ground attack aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Gao airport at around 0930 h local time on 4 October, the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) confirmed later that day.

FAMa identified the aircraft as TZ-20C, and said it was returning from a mission in support of local civilians when it crashed.


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UK awards Protector training contract

by Gareth Jennings

An MQ-9B seen at a recent capability demonstration held out of RAF Waddington, home of the future Protector force. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The United Kingdom (UK) has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) a contract to undertake operator training for the MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 4 October, the Protector Training Conduct (PTC) award will cover instruction for the first 33 mission crews during a period of 19 months running until March 2024. The contract is valued at GBP25.9 million (USD29.4 million).


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